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Cooks' House

115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
+1 231-946-8700
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good13%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (17 reviews)
“oxtail” (4 reviews)
“lake trout” (8 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a late reservation at the Cooks House, but because we arrived into town earlier than expected, we opted to have an earlier dinner at another establishment. Good thing too, because we would not have stayed waiting at the Cooks House as long as...More

Thank neovox
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had eaten here last year (2016) and had just a lovely meal with wine pairings. When each dish was delivered it was explained in detail which added to the enjoyment when eating. Service was spot on with not too much but enough to let...More

2  Thank Cuda19
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We were there with out of town friends, who we wanted to treat to a wonderful meal. The food was OK, not as special as the hype would have you believe. The real problem was a run-in my husband had with the chef- we noticed...More

6  Thank happydiner42139
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Best brisket I have ever eaten. Came with extremely flavorful potatoes. Not a large restaurant, kind of pricy. Seats about 20. Reservation required. My husband had the lake perch and liked it very much. Our friends had the brisket and pork loin with mushrooms and...More

Thank Kay A
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Cooks' is a great date place - small and quiet, very good list of entree items and wine to choose from. We generally love our food when we go there. Reservations are usually required. The only downside that we've had with Cooks' is that it...More

Thank MariaLynO
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Reservations are a must, very small space. We hit it on a weekend when they had a special event coming the next day, so not sure it was the best showing by all, but we had a very nice meal. The portions were ridiculously large...More

Thank Michigancritter
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We were going to be in the area for a wedding and stayed over an extra day just to have a meal here. It had been about a year but it was just as good as we remembered. The service was great but not obtrusive....More

1  Thank Paul M
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Really excellent, don't take my word for it though, see for yourself. Each course was fantastic, bold cuisine, other reviewers are correct that the pacing is great. Hot mushroom salad was very interesting and dried cherry duck breast confit was some of the best duck...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Overpriced. Food ok. Very good for some dishes. Harmonization of wines not good for my tasting. Too much sweet wines. Not recommended at all. The worst thin is that you need to leave the restaurant and take an immediate shower !!!! They need to install...More

2  Thank Marcelo V
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Service was exquisite! Wine recommendations were spot on. I had the trout, outrageous! My husband had the whitefish and said it was the best whitefish he'd ever had. He orders whitefish at every restaurant! Our friend had the duck...yum!! Could not have been better! A...More

Thank Suzzzz2013
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Stacey M
We are celebrating a birthday party and have 25-30 guests could we be accommodated?
31 March 2017|
Response from Suzzzz2013 | Reviewed this property |
Probably not, unless they reserved the whole place, it's small.
Daisy B
Is there a dress code?
28 October 2015|
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Response from LaurieMac1 | Reviewed this property |
No. In most restaurants in Traverse City you will see all types of dress. When I am going there, it is usually a special occasion, so I'm dressed up anyway. But there isn't a jacket requirement or anything, and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-946-8700
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